If you asked me a few years back who Freddie Wong was, I would be at a loss for words. I was only exposed to his work a year or so ago. Stumbling upon an amazing Portal gun video, I immediately looked up all of his other now famous works. From Rocket Jump to his Real Life Mario Kart, all his effects based comedy videos are wonderfully produced and a joy to watch for gamers and indie film enthusiasts. His most recent work is a continued collaboration with Brandon Laatsch and titled Video Game High School, an episodic, comedic action oriented web series based on a fictional High School for video game characters, was extremely well received by the throngs of normally very critical reviewers known as the common internet viewer. (Editor: Ha! Wordplay.) A second season, we are told, will soon follow.
But that is not why Freddie and Brandon were there at RTX. Well, it is, and it isn’t. They, similar to the ladies and gentlemen at Rooster Teeth, have made a name for themselves and are now (at least semi-)famous from their work online. Their keynote was on how to make and market media for the masses and the upcoming area of media of creative independent media. Continue reading
First off, let me apologize for the audio situation. Due to a huge pre-interview mix-up Steven ended up working with someone who clearly over-estimated their filming equipment; thus we have been left with lessened audio and an awkward filming angle. To clarify, this person is not and will never be affiliated with Constantly Calibrating or SilverHam Media.
Still, do not let these facts discourage you for if you do you will miss out on a highly entertaining interview from the master of charismatic encounters, Mr. Steven Needham (@DarthSir).
While I wasn’t present for this interview, let me just say that it ranks as one of my favorite from RTX. It’s a travesty that we don’t have better audio and video for it, but I’m sure we’ll talk to Grace more in the future. She is a sweet, hilarious, and overall amazing person. You should go check her out in all the places she resides: Twitter, YouTube, & Tumblr.
Burnie Burns voices Church, Lopez, Epsilon, and many more on Red vs Blue.
Shortly after our interview with Gus we were given a few minutes to chat with Burnie Burns, CEO and Co-Founder of Rooster Teeth. You might also know Burnie as Church, Vic, Epsilon, and many, many more characters on Red vs Blue. Burnie is also the writer of RvB.
I have said this numerous times over the last week, but Burnie is the nicest person I have met in my entire life. I’m blown away by how friendly and forthcoming he is with any and all fans; media included.
Gustavo Sorola voices Private Dick Simmons on Red vs Blue.
This past Saturday we had the opportunity to sit down (read: stand up) with Gustavo (Gus) Sorola who is best known from the popular web series Red vs Blue. In addition to his duties playing Private Dick Simmons, Gus is also the Director of RTX; which is a convention filled with awesomeness that you must visit next year! Seriously, buy your tickets now! I don’t care if they’re not for sale yet; Gus wants to hit 8k attendees and we’re going to make it happen.
For the record, Gus might be known as reclusive, but that doesn’t mean he is not incredibly friendly. We had a great time chatting with him and hope to have many opportunities for further chatting in the future.
The first day of RTX arrived and with it a sense of a panic. Where do we start? Who do we talk to? Will anyone want to talk to ragtag group of non-costumed media representatives fresh out of Media Representation School*? (*Only a real place in my mind.) It’s fairly early in the day at this point and our scheduled interviews are much later in the day. Suddenly we spy from two feet in front of us the booth for Handelabra Studios and their iOS/Android app GAME.minder. Apparently I’ve been talking to Jeremy Handel about interviewing him for the last 15 seconds, but due to shock I have already forgotten this fact. This is the post-shock interview:
Jeremy was extremely friendly and great to chat with. I wholeheartedly recommend you check out the app and download it when you have time. Currently it is in use on my phone and I assure you that I’m not being paid in any way to promote or use the app. (Seriously, who pays us for anything around here?)
Well RTX is over now, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have plenty of coverage for you to feast upon your eyeholes. Coming to you over the next few days will be an assortment of interviews and written reports on the sights, sounds, and possibly smells of Rooster Teeth’s glorious convention. For the moment you can look upon the visage of us as we take a very brief look at the Expo floor.